It’s No Fun Going Backwards

October 30, 2016


“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,” says Alfred Lord Tennyson. I’m not so sure.

Going backwards is extremely painful.
One time I flew business class on a long international flight to India. That was it for me, I knew I’d be screwed for the rest of my life.

Up until then, I had only experienced having my long limbs squeezed into a tight coach seat, like a tuna being forced into a sardine tin.

The moment I experienced something infinitely more comfortable, I could never fly international coach again. And I haven’t gone back to India for that reason, it’s been 15 years.

I heard Colin Cowherd speak about this exact topic on his podcast. If you want to ruin your financial life, he said, fly private a couple of times. Your life will be over, because you’ll never want to go back to normal flights again.

You don’t want the greatest moment in your past.
You don’t want to have experienced the love of your life back in college. You don’t want to be born a rich princess only to lose it all and become a pauper as an adult. Better to stay a pauper the whole time than go backwards.

Once you experience great heights, it’s not pleasant to go backwards. Ask Al Bundy, still reliving his 4 touchdowns in a single game back from his high school days. Now he’s a middle aged married dude, with a terrible (but funny) wife and two kids, and selling women’s shoes in the mall to make a pittance.

We need our future to be full of hope and promise. If someone told you that it would never get better again for you, why live?

That’s how it feels on the spiritual path to higher consciousness.
I was thinking of this the other day.

Once you’re soaring high on love, peace, and joy, even one evening of anger or hatred will make you physically ill. I know, I’ve made that mistake many times.

That’s why as you start soaring higher and higher, some other folks will have to be left behind. You want to bring them along, try to lift up their wings and force them to flap, but if they don’t try, there’s nothing you can do. You can take a horse to water but can’t make it drink.

If some of your family and friends refuse to fly higher, because they either think they can’t or don’t want to, you will eventually have to leave em be. Some people are more comfortable being around familiar environments like anger and bitterness. For some reason they think they have the wings of a chicken and not that of an eagle.

You cannot save anyone, no matter how hard you try. That’s the cold hard difficult truth. Only those who yearn to fly after seeing others in the sky, and keep trying until they do, will be able to join you.

And every time you come down to the ground and commiserate with the flightless ones, you will feel a tremendous pain. They will have no idea why you are so uncomfortable though. After flying private you can’t go back to coach.

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